Jemila Ericson

Host, Classical Music and Midday Interviews

It took Jemila a long time to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. She is now primarily an actress and storyteller who fell into Public Radio announcing and discovered she loved it.  She has worked for WHQR off and on for thirteen years. In addition to racking up film and TV credits whenever she can, Jemila frequently performs weddings (as an ordained interfaith minister), and still misses another favorite job— as a shepherdess to a flock of thirty sheep in the mountains of NC. She is currently studying to be an animal communicator.


Midday Interview - June 12, 2013
2:31 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Midday Interview: "High School Musical" comes to Wilmington

David T. Loudermilk directs and choreographs Disney’s High School Musical for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre.  The show runs Thursday and Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange.  Tickets are $12, available by calling 910-251-1788.  For more information, visit

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Midday Interview - June 6, 2013
1:59 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Midday Interview: Author Jim Dodson

Today Barbara Bush talked with Jim Dodson, author of ten award-winning books and editor of Salt Magazine.  He will be at Old Books on Front Street this Sunday afternoon at 3:30.   

Midday Interview - June 5, 2013
2:40 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Midday Interview: "The Bookman's Tale"

Today Bob Workmon spoke with with North Carolina author Charlie Lovett about his novel of romance and mystery, The Bookman’s Tale.  The story tells of a man haunted by memories of his dead wife, stirred from mourning by a mysterious portrait, and intrigued by a renewed debate about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. 

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Midday Interview - June 4, 2013
1:45 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Midday Interview: Wilmington premiere of "Les Miserables"

Suellen Yates and Jon Berry

Opera House Theatre Company presents the Wilmington premiere of Les Miserables on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  It runs Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm this week; it runs the next two weekends Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3.  I spoke with director Suellen Yates and star Jon Berry (who plays Jean Valjean).  Tickets available at  or  632-2285.

Midday Interview - May 29, 2013
3:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Midday Interview: "The Food-Faith-Climate Change Connection"

Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, will present a program tonight in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It’s called Sacred Foodscapes & Faith: The Food-Faith-Climate Change Connection. Ed Ablard of the church vestry outreach gave us details about the event, which includes networking at 5:00, a light supper at 5:30, and the program at 6:00.  Free, but donations accepted.  St. Paul’s is at 16 North 16th Street in Wilmington. 

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Midday Interview - May 28, 2013
1:47 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Midday Interview: "Venus in Fur"

Imaginary Theatre Company presents Venus in Fur by David Ives.  Director Lee Lowrimore and actress Anna Stromberg tell us about this daring, erotic, mysterious comic drama.  It stars Anna Stromberg and Mike O’Neill.

The show opens this week at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle Street.  It runs Thursday-Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 through June 23.  Tickets at

Midday Interview - May 23, 2013
2:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Midday Interview: "Brooklyn: The Musical"

City Stage presents Brooklyn: The Musical.  My guests were director Anthony David Lawson, and actor/singers Olivia James and LaRaisha Burnette.  The show opens tonight at 8, and runs at 8 every night through Sunday.  It then runs for two more weekends, Friday through Sunday May 31-June 2 and June 7-9), all shows at 8.  City Stage is at 21 North Front Street.  Tickets are available online.

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Midday Interview - May 17, 2013
2:33 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Midday Interview: "A Town of Empty Rooms" with Karen E. Bender

Karen E. Bender

Barbara Bush, WHQR’s finance manager and resident book-lover, talks with author Karen Bender about her new novel A Town of Empty Rooms.  Karen will be our guest for Prologue Monday at 7 pm in the MC Erny Gallery.

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Midday Interview - May 16, 2013
3:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Midday Interview: "Mozart, the Boy Genius"

The Wilmington Choral Society presents Mozart, the Boy Genius on Sunday at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th Street.

The Hanover Singers from New Hanover High School will join the chorus, local orchestra members will also perform, and guest soloists will include Nancy King and Bob Workmon.

My guests were director Paula Brinkman (left) and president Penny Johnson (right).

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Midday Interview - May 14, 2013
3:55 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Midday Interview: "Pump Boys and Dinettes"

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the country musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, starring the Brent Stimmel Band. The show opens Thursday on the main stage of Thalian Hall. It runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 for two weekends. My guests were director/choreographer Debra Gillingham, and band leader Brent Stimmel.

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